Growing up, I spent a lot of time at work with my mother. She was a nurse so I was surrounded by and very familiar with death, illnesses and trauma from a young age since I often spent time in hospitals. I was curious and took note of the sterile environment, the colorfully coded caps, and the neatly organized bottles that filled the medicine rooms. I noticed two different extremes of this environment: The doctors, with a cold, professional façade; the patients and families, nervous and in pain. I am more curious in observing the societal norms that treat death and illnesses as a taboo topic. We tend to steer clear of the topic of death because we are taught from a young age to fear it.
I work with a variety of materials such as metal, clay, castings, wax, resins and found objects. The translucency of my chosen materials helps depict layers of the body. I mimic tumors and bacteria but then combine materials that evoke a beauty. A collection of found objects such as test tubes, glass medicine bottles and empty pill capsules, not only find their way into my work but influence new pieces simply by observing them. This pseudo-medical approach on my work depicts the fear of something we cannot see.